June 2, 2009 / 5:46 PM / 10 years ago

Susan Boyle's brother says singing star worried about career

NEW YORK (Reuters) - British talent show contestant Susan Boyle’s biggest concern after being admitted to a London clinic suffering from anxiety and exhaustion is where her career is headed, her brother said.

"Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle gestures to onlookers in Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland, April 21, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir

The 48-year-old Scottish singer was defeated in the final of “Britain’s Got Talent” TV contest on Saturday after becoming a global Internet sensation. Following her second place showing doctors were called to her London hotel and suggested she go to a clinic for rest.

The singer’s brother Gerry Boyle told “The Early Show,” a US television morning news program, in an interview that aired on Tuesday that Boyle was anxious about her singing career.

“Would you believe her biggest worry after Saturday night is that where does her career go from here? Will she be still accepted? “ he said. “She didn’t win the competition. Will people still want to hear her sing?”

He said Boyle’s health seemed to be improving and that she was anxious to return to her home in the small town of Blackburn, Scotland.

“Susan seems to be coming back to her old ways,” he said. “She’s fine. She’s anxious to come home, and she’s sounding a bit more like herself.”

Boyle’s future has been seen as secure despite coming second. “Britain’s Got Talent” creator Simon Cowell and his Syco music label were widely expected to sign her up for an album.

Starved of oxygen at birth which caused minor brain damage, Boyle has been pursued by the world’s press since early April when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables. She broke down in tears repeatedly ahead of the final.

Gerry Boyle said his sister did not blame the media for exploiting her and said she simply needed to return home for a few days.

“You know, be reunited with the now world-famous Pebbles cat, have a good cup of Scottish tea,” he said. “Let’s face it, Susan seven weeks ago was just a lady from Scotland.”

After returning to Scotland she could then consider any offers and where her career will go, he added.

Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney

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